Archive for the ‘Google Earth’ Category

Athens Greece In 3D With Google Earth

February 27, 2010

Now Google Earth users can see Athens, Greece in 3D. To view make sure the “3D Buildings” layer is checked in the Layers panel.

VIsit http://earth.google.com to download Google Earth.

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Space: The Final Frontier In The Race To Map The Earth

October 12, 2009

The Google Lat Long blog announced today the launch of their partner DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 (WV2) satellite.

DigitalGlobe’s successful launch of WV2 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is another important step forward in Google’s making more high resolution, accurate, current imagery available to through its Google Earth and Google Maps products.

If using rockets and satellites to do get a job done aren’t considered a competitive advantage – I don’t know what is.

Is not space the final frontier in the race to map the Earth?

How To Report A Problem With Google Maps

October 7, 2009

The Google Earth and Maps team have created a new base map dataset that allows Google Maps users to “report a problem” among other new features.

From the Google Lat Long Blog:

“We’ve added a new tool to Google Maps that lets you communicate directly with Google about any updates that you think need to be made to our maps. You’ll find this “Report a Problem” link on the bottom right of Google Maps (you can also find it by right-clicking on the map). Has that new highway on-ramp finally opened up? Do we have an outdated name for your local school? Was Main Street converted into a pedestrian-only walkway? Tell us! Once we’ve received your edit or suggestion we’ll confirm it with other users, data sources, or imagery. We hope to resolve each edit within a month. If you submit your email address, we’ll even keep you posted on our progress.

Just yesterday, I had a problem generating driving directions with Google Maps where a local athletic park had the correct address but an incorrect Zip Code.

Even though Google Maps had the correct street address, the incorrect Zip Code overrode Google Maps ability to generate a correct point A to point B driving route.

In the example below, you can see the business (Mitch Park) address shows a ZIp Code of 73034.

Correct Address Incorrect Zip Code

Correct Address Incorrect Zip Code

Since I didn’t know beforehand this was the incorrect Zip Code for the park,  when I attempted to generate driving directions yesterday Google Maps “assumed” my directions were to 1501 East Covell because a East Covell street address coincided with the Zip Code data (and still does) they had for the park.

Mitch Park 73034

Mitch Park 73034

Today after editing the listing’ push pin to display the correct address on West Covell,  Google Maps has begun to offer two alternative destinations and routes – one to the East Covell (73034 incorrect Zip Code) location and one to the West Covell address ( the 73003 corrected push pin location).

Mitch Park 73003

Mitch Park 73003

Selecting the corrected Zip Code address link on West Covell then produced correct driving instructions to the corrected Park location.

Correct Google Maps Driving Directions

Correct Google Maps Driving Directions

Overall, the speed with which these corrections took place in both correcting the park’s location vis-a-vis its Zip Code and then the subsequent alternative destination driving directions – were quite impressive.

Combined with their new base map dataset and users ability to report problems, the Google Earth and Maps team should be able to deliver a more accurate and up to date Google Maps user experience.

Updated Satellite Images of Tehran in Google Earth

June 20, 2009

Google partner GeoEye has provided updated satellite imagery of Tehran, taken on Thursday the 18th at approximatly 11:18am PST.

You can learn more about the new images of Tehran from the Google Earth blog.

The following is a screenshot of the updated imagery.

Tehran Google Earth

Tehran Google Earth

Technical information about the new satellite images of Tehran from Google:

The images were taken from GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite, which images at roughly 1-meter per pixel. We are continuing to work with GeoEye to see if we can provide a higher resolution update from the GeoEye-1 satellite, which would be at 0.5-meters per pixel, but this is subject to weather constraints.

Google Innovations

February 28, 2009

David Pogue with The New York Times recently created a list of  innovations Google has produced or bought in its relatively short corporate history.

His list consists of Google products most any consumer who has been online in the last year would recognize including Google Earth, Gmail, YouTube and Blogger.

Some of the lesser known Google products and tools mentioned in Pogue’s New York Times article are: Google Docs, Picassa, iGoogle, Google Reader, Google Trends, Google Maps, Street View, Translator, 1-800-Goog411, Google SMS, Google Alerts and Google Sets.

Although the article begins by mentioning Google’s search box, Pogue doesn’t mention the greatest commercial result to come from Google’s search box by name: Google Adwords – arguably without which – none of Google’s other products would exist.

Maybe therein lies the keys to Google’s success.

Google Maps Local Business Center YouTube Tutorial

February 15, 2009

The Google Earth and Maps team has posted a video tutorial on YouTube for business owners looking to verify or append their business listing data in Google Maps.

From the Google Lat Long Blog:

Local Business Center allows business owners to edit the content of their existing listing, or to add a brand new listing to Google’s local database.  By ensuring that basic information is up-to-date and providing additional details, like photos, hours, and coupons, business owners can stand out on the map to attract more customers.

Update your Google Maps listing in Google’s Local Business Center.

Google Local Business Center

Google Local Business Center

Santa Search and Norad Santa Tracker

December 23, 2008

Searching for Santa?

Search no further than Google Earth this Christmas.

Google Earth Santa Tracker

Google Earth Santa Tracker

In anticipation of the 2008 Christmas Santa searching and tracking season, The Google Lat Long blog reviews Google’s history with NoradSanta.org and the evolution of Santa Search over the last several years.

NORAD – an acronym for North American Aerospace Defense Command – is a joint organization of two countries in North America – the United States and Canada that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty and defense for North America except Mexico.

I am sure when it was founded in 1958, NORAD’s founders probably did not envision the day would come when the world would be filled with billions of interconnected computers and mobile phones whose owners could each track Santa’s location from the comfort of their home or car with a digital 3D map product called Google Earth… yet indeed today we can.

With Google providing the equivalent of a Santa Radar and a Santa Cam via desktop computers and mobile phones combined with Santa sighting commentary offered in six languages (German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese) children and adults worldwide should be able to get all of their “Where is Santa?” questions answered on Christmas Eve December 24, 2008 unlike at any other time in history.

Google Earth Gallery Adds 360 Panoramas

November 20, 2008

The Google Lat Long blog announced Google Earth has added several thousand panoramic views provided by 360Cities.net

360Cities.net has panoramic photographs taken at hundreds of locations worldwide.

From the 360Cities.net site and its pictures of Luxor and Karnak – Egypt.

“Part of the Holy Land, Egypt offers a fascinating mixture of ancient pyramids, temples and other religious monuments. There are numerous possibilities to explore Egypt from desert treks to trips down the Nile or scuba diving in the Red Sea and along the Sinai coast. Cairo, which means “The Triumphant”, is home to the pyramids, sphinx and over 17 million residents within its metropolitan area. Luxor is often described as the world’s largest open air museum, built on the ancient city of Thebes. The Karnak temple complex, located near Luxor, is a collection of ancient temples, chapels and various other buildings.”

View and explore panoramic images like the one below taken at the Nile river among many others now available through Google Earth.

Nile River

Nile River

Hurricane Ike Galveston Texas Damage on Google Earth

September 18, 2008

The teams from Google Earth and Maps have assembled images and resources for Galveston Texas residents displaced by Hurricane Ike as well as state and local emergency management personnel.

Within hours after Hurricane Ike’s arrival the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Remote Sensing Division began flying rapid response aerial reconnaissance missions of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf region.

NOAA Remote Sensing

NOAA Remote Sensing

The NOAA Remote Sensing team has published the data they have collected on their official Hurricane Ike response page.

Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike

The images posted on NOAA site are of the coast of Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Ike made landfall.

The NOAA Remote Sensing Division gathered their Hurricane Ike images to meet NOAA national security and emergency response requirements.

The NOAA data will also be used for ongoing research efforts to test and further develop standards for airborne digital imagery.

To see pictures of Galveston and the Texas coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, click on the NOAA base map grid boxes.

Hurricane Ike Image

Hurricane Ike Image

You can then drill down to each NOAA picture taken after Hurricane Ike made landfall.

Hurricane Ike Damage

Hurricane Ike Damage

The Google Earth and Google Maps teams have also processed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data it into a KML image overlay for easy access.

Here is just one example of the type of before and after pictures you can view of Galveston, Texas after Hurricane Ike struck the Texas Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Ike Before Picture

Hurricane Ike Before Picture

Hurricane Ike Before Picture

Hurricane Ike After Picture

Hurricane Ike After Picture

Hurricane Ike After Picture

Galveston Texas Hurricane Ike on Google Maps

September 12, 2008

Google Maps is providing a convenient weather forecast map overlay of Hurricane Ike and its projected path over the next 24, 36 and 48 hours.

Hurricane Ike 24 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike 24 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike: Galveston Island, TX 24 hour weather map forecast

Hurricane Ike 36 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike 36 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike: Houston Texas, Central Texas 36 weather map forecast

Hurricane Ike 48 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike 48 Hour Forecast

Hurricane Ike: Texas and Oklahoma 48 hour weather map forecast

Google Maps is also providing a third party’s “Rising Sea Simulator” for visualizing storm surge levels but according to HeyWhat’sThat.com:

“We’re currently seeing heavy demand on our servers, so for now you’ll have to hit ‘Go’ whenever you move or zoom the map to load the overlay images.”

I had difficulty getting their application to load and couldn’t get it to produce a storm surge map for Galveston Bay or Galveston Island other than from space.

Storm Surge

Storm Surge

To get more information about Hurricane Ike and its status, a quick Google search for Galveston web cams, Galveston newspapers or Galveston TV Stations will produce a list of other Hurricane Ike news sources.

I tried to access most of Galveston Web Cameras listed but they too were experiencing heavy usage and didn’t load very fast (less than 90 seconds).

Overall, it won’t be a good day to be in the Galveston Bay and Beach area.